Daily Image Gallery – February 2021

With passenger trains still suspended in February 2021 due to national restrictions, we continued to regularly post images in the Daily Gallery.

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Added on 28th February 2021...

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Published at 19:50

"Southern freight with West Country Class 34039 'Boscastle', seen here at Swithland Sidings during the 1990s."
"Boscastle" is currently being overhauled and will return to steam at the Great Central.
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Published at 18:30

"No shortage of steam on arrival at Leicester North... Stanier Class 5 45305 has arrived at the GCR's southern terminus in the sunshine of a January afternoon in 2011."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 13:20

Congratulations to our Chief Engineer, Craig Stinchcombe, who celebrated 30 years service at the GCR this week.
Craig is pictured here at the beginning of his career alongside GCR stalwart Alen Grice, in front of GCR Improved Director Class 4-4-0 "Butler Henderson".

 

 


Added on 27th February 2021...

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Published at 20:40

"An evening steam scene, as a GWR Small Prairie works a short local train, near to Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 18:50

"Peak Type 4 D123 passes Swithland Sidings with a southbound passenger train in early 2019."
Did you know that this loco also participates in testing at up to 75mph on the GCR?
We are authorised to operate trains for testing purposes at high speeds over our preserved main line, at times when there are no public train services operating.
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 14:20

"Soon to return... Heritage passenger trains will once again run through the beautiful Charnwood countryside from mid-April 2021 as national restrictions are eased. We're looking forward to welcoming you back to the railway soon!"
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 26th February 2021...

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Published at 20:50

"Completing the run-round manoeuvre, Stanier Class 8 48624 eases towards coaching stock at Leicester North before returning to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 18:30

"A visitor from the LMS... Fowler 4F 44422 approaches Quorn & Woodhouse with a short train of mineral wagons, back in January 2008."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 25th February 2021...

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Published at 18:20

"Visitor at work... Southern Railway West Country Class 34092 'City of Wells' makes progress towards Quorn & Woodhouse in October 2018."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 24th February 2021...

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Published at 20:45

"A morning arrival at Rothley, and a passenger train turn for British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 in May 2019."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 17:00

"Our popular gala events will return as national restrictions are relaxed through the year. Our Autumn Steam Gala will return from 30th September to 3rd October 2021."
More event announcements will follow soon!
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 23rd February 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"Ivatt Class 2 46521 arrives at Rothley with a passenger train, including an interesting assortment of additional vehicles in a recreation of the regular parcels traffic carried by train in days gone by."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"The sight of visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' brightens a February afternoon in 2019."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 22nd February 2021...

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Published at 19:50

"Vital works are continuing around the railway ahead of the return of passenger trains. Today 22nd February 2021 saw the return of the west parapet of Bridge 341. The original lattice parapet has now been secured in place on the new bridge deck which was installed last year."
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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Published at 18:40

"Reasons for optimism... With a roadmap for the country's exit from lockdown now announced, we are looking forward to publishing details of the return of passenger trains in the coming days."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 21st February 2021...

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Published at 20:00

"With headlamp shining brightly, 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' departs from Quorn & Woodhouse in the early evening light." 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"A journey into the afternoon sunshine for Fowler 3F 47406, working the lunchtime dining train up the 1-in-176 incline out of Rothley in January 2018."
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 

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Published at 13:30

"The sight of a steam locomotive hauling a passenger train will return to the Charnwood countryside! We're monitoring the situation very closely and are looking forward to announcing details of our return when national lockdown restrictions allow." Visiting B12 8572 was a fine example of a popular guest locomotive, seen here at Swithland Sidings in February 2018.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 20th February 2021...

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Published at 20:40

"Steam on a preserved main line... Stanier Class 5 45305 steams past Swithland Sidings with a passenger train for Leicester North."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 19:10

"Southern steam at Quorn & Woodhouse as visiting West Country Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' makes a spirited departure."
Photo © Scott Mattock.

 

 

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Published at 12:20

"Back in April 2015, visiting GWR Hall 6960 'Raveningham Hall' accelerates away from Loughborough Central, complete with coaches painted in the chocolate and cream livery of the GWR and later, BR's Western Region."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 19th February 2021...

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Published at 20:00

"A reliable performer, British Railways Standard Class 2 78019 works the lunchtime dining train on a bright afternoon in 2014, with N2 1744 also visible at the rear of the train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 19:00

"Much activity at Quorn and Woodhouse in December 2020 as Stanier Class 8 48305 departs with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 18th February 2021...

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Published at 19:20

"During the 1980s, Thompson B1 1306 'Mayflower' was a regular sight on the preserved Great Central Railway, and is seen here departing with a train for Rothley."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 14:10

"Important works continue behind the scenes... Class 37/7 37714 (built in 1961 as D6724) completes some essential shunting movements to facilitate vehicle maintenance work on 1st February 2021."
Photo © Aidan Staples.

 

 


Added on 17th February 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"Recreating the experience... Goods vehicles play a vital role as we recreate the experience of a busy main line in days gone by. Here we see Stanier Class 8 48624 hauling a van train which has been beautifully restored by volunteers."
Photo © S. Mattock.

 

 

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Published at 17:30

"Western express... Visiting GWR Hall 4953 'Pitchford Hall' approaches Swithland Viaduct on a pleasant afternoon in February 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 16th February 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"Railways at work... GWR Large Prairie 5199 pauses in the siding with a short van train, while goods are loaded for the onward journey from a lorry."
Photo © David Putt.

 

 

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Published at 19:20

"Product of Swindon Works... British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 (running as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special event) is pictured while working the afternoon dining train at Swithland Sidings, heading for Rothley in June 2015."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 15th February 2021...

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Published at 21:00

"Greyhound at Swithland Sidings... Visiting T9 30120 proceeds elegantly towards Rothley in October 2019." 30120 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"The resident of an adjacent field seems uninterested in the impressive sight of visiting GWR 1500 Class number 1501, steaming south towards Quorn & Woodhouse."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 14th February 2021...

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Published at 19:00

"Spring optimism... With news due soon on the country's route out of lockdown, we're looking forward to running passenger trains again as soon as the situation allows. In the meantime, we'll continue to post a selection of archive images each day for your enjoyment."
Please stay safe.

Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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Published at 15:00

"The headcode tells the story... With one lamp displayed on the top-centre bracket, Fowler 3F 47406 departs from Loughborough Central, with steam exhaust momentarily concealing the coaches of this southbound passenger train."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 12:00

"The colour red for Valentine's Day... Travelling Post Office trains would have carried many Valentine's messages in the days when mail was moved by train and exchanged on the move."
A TV feature about the Travelling Post Office once allowed a reporter to post a card on the evening of February 13th and end with the words: "This loving message I have sent is on its way by mail. The words inside sincerely meant, I love you British Rail".
Photo © GCR.

 

 


Added on 13th February 2021...

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Published at 20:40

"Four trains at Swithland Sidings, as two passenger trains pass on the main line, and others wait in each of the two loops."
Modern technology has proved to be very helpful during lockdown, and some of our volunteers have been participating from their homes in an online Mutual Improvement Class this weekend, using video conferencing to discuss the detailed signalling arrangements at Swithland Sidings.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"An early autumn day at Leicester North... Passengers look on, while 6990 'Witherslack Hall' runs round the train before returning to Loughborough."
Photo © Kieren Cross.

 

 

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Published at 13:00

"Heading north... British Railways Standard Class 5 73156 accelerates away from Rothley on a bright July morning in 2020."
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 12th February 2021...

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Published at 20:10

"Heading for home... At the end of a busy gala day, 9F 92214 and 6990 'Witherslack Hall' complete the final moves to stable rolling stock at Swithland Sidings before returning to Loughborough."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 18:40

"British Railways 9F 92214 creates an impressive scene while steaming away from Loughborough Central in January 2019."
92214 was also in action earlier today, as we continue vital maintenance works. The loco completed a number of test journeys following attention to the superheater elements, and also called at our Carriage & Wagon works to allow steam heating tests to be completed on two vehicles there.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 11th February 2021...

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Published at 21:00

"In a scene which has changed a great deal since, GWR 2-6-2T 6106 steams south from Loughborough Central towards Quorn & Woodhouse before the reinstatement of double-track."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 

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Published at 18:00

"Bulleid Light Pacific 34039 'Boscastle' pulls away from Rothley towards Leicester North in the 1990s, during the locomotive's first period of operation after restoration from scrapyard condition."
'Boscastle' is currently being overhauled and will return to steam once again at the Great Central Railway.
Photo © Horace Gamble.

 

 


Added on 10th February 2021...

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Published at 20:10

"A prototypically grimy British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 brings historical authenticity to this image, hauling empty coaching stock from the Up Through Siding at Loughborough Central."
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 

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Published at 18:10

"With wintry scenes in Leicestershire today, we look back to similar conditions in 2013, as Southern Railway King Arthur Class 777 'Sir Lamiel' powers away from Loughborough Central."
777 appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum, and is currently being overhauled at the GCR.
Photo © John Smith.

 

 


Added on 9th February 2021...

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Published at 19:10

"With power and style, Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' steams through the Leicestershire countryside with a southbound passenger train."
"Oliver Cromwell" appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum. The locomotive is currently being overhauled and will return to steam at the GCR.
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 11:00

"A light-hearted moment during difficult times... Resident Metro Cammell diesel railcar 'Daisy' waits at Rothley during a Mountsorrel branch running weekend in August 2020".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 8th February 2021...

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Published at 19:40

"A busy afternoon at Loughborough Central as GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' passes the waiting Stanier Class 8 48624 while departing with a southbound passenger train." We're also answering a friendly challenge from a volunteer to run a "Point Machine Monday" in our daily posts, with five machines visible here.
Photo © AJM.

 

 

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Published at 13:10

"Branch line running... The Guard operates the ground frame after his train has joined the Mountsorrel Branch at the north end of Swithland Sidings." The ground frame in the photograph has since been superseded, following the completion of resignalling works at Swithland Sidings by our Signal & Telegraph department, with the signalling apparatus required to enter and exit the branch now controlled directly from the signal box.
Photo © Stephen Bottrill.

 

 


Added on 7th February 2021...

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Published at 19:00

"The Driver attaches headcode discs to visiting T9 30120 prior to the loco's next departure from Loughborough Central". 30120 appeared courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 16:00

"Modern era preservation... BR Class 50 50017 'Royal Oak' traverses the points at the south end of Loughborough Central while running round its train."
Photo © Steven Havers.

 

 

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Published at 13:00

"2-8-0s from the GWR and LMS complete the scene at Swithland Sidings during our 2013 Winter Steam Gala".
Photo © Andrew Royle.

 

 


Added on 6th February 2021...

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Published at 19:00

"The Driver looks ahead as British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 works a southbound passenger train past Swithland Sidings in October 2019."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 13:10

"Looking back to 2003, GWR Large Prairie 4141 arrives at a busy Rothley during a steam gala event."
Photo © Richard Bingham.

 

 

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Published at 09:00

Would you like to learn more about 34039 "Boscastle" and the latest on its overhaul?
We're running an online talk on Sunday 7th February 2021 via Zoom, and are asking for donations which will be shared between our Reunification appeal and the Boscastle fund.
To book your place: www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify

Photo © loose_grip_99

 

 


Added on 5th February 2021...

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Published at 20:50

"Stanier power with Class 5 45305 'Alderman A.E. Draper' pictured while steaming away from Quorn & Woodhouse in August 2020."
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

Today's image 1 of 2
Published at 12:50

"The early morning sunlight illuminates a passing express, with Britannia Pacific 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' in charge."
"Oliver Cromwell" is currently being overhauled and will steam again at the Great Central. The loco appears courtesy of the National Railway Museum.
Photo © John Bagshaw.

 

 


Added on 4th February 2021...

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Published at 19:30

"An atmospheric evening on shed, as 5224 rests after a day of work in the mid 1980s."
Photo © Graham Wignall.

 

 

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Published at 15:00

"Powerful GWR 2-8-0T 5224 steams through the cutting south of Bridge 337 at Loughborough during the summer of 1985."
Photo © Syd Hancock.

 

 


Added on 3rd February 2021...

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Published at 18:20

"Vans approaching... British Railways Standard Class 2 78018 arrives at Quorn and Woodhouse with a fitted van train, while a diesel railcar heads north."
Photo © Peter Salmon.

 

 

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Published at 12:00

"The Hall steams into the afternoon sunshine... Resident GWR Modified Hall 6990 'Witherslack Hall' departs from Platform 2 at Loughborough Central with a train for Leicester North."
Photo © Alan Weaver.

 

 


Added on 2nd February 2021...

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Published at 19:20

"Preparing for the return journey... Visiting GWR Manor 7802 'Bradley Manor' runs round a train at Leicester North, prior to returning to Loughborough Central."
Photo © Ken Simms.

 

 

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Published at 14:40

"Southern steam on the Great Central... Visiting Bulleid Light Pacific 34092 'City of Wells' thunders past with a passenger train, passing a southbound local train on the opposite line".
Photo © Roy Harris.

 

 


Added on 1st February 2021...

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Published at 20:30

"British Railways Standard Class 9F 92214 (appearing here as 92220 'Evening Star' for a special commemoration), works a goods train past Swithland Sidings, passing a first generation Metro Cammell diesel railcar".
Photo © John Smith.

 

 

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Published at 18:20

The team in our Carriage & Wagon works have been busy working on the refurbishment of our Inspection Saloon 999503 which provides ideal accommodation for small private functions. We think it looks superb, and are looking forward to seeing this popular vehicle back in service later this year.
Photographs © GCR

 

 

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Published at 15:10

"Despite the lack of passenger trains due to the present national restrictions, essential works trains and maintenance are continuing behind the scenes to ensure that we're ready to reopen for visitors when the time comes."
Photo © AJM.

 

 


 

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